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Ships of the U.S. Taiwan deployment

USS Independence

March 13, 1996
Web posted at: 7:10 a.m. EST (1210 GMT)

(CNN) -- The following U.S. ships are being deployed to waters near China-Taiwan region to monitor China's war games, which are scheduled to continue through March 15:






--   The aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62)
          Home port: Yokosuka, Japan
          Crew: more than 5,000, including airwing
          Aircraft: more than 90, including about 55 combat 
          aircraft, including F/A-18 Hornets, F-14 Tomcats, 
          A-6E Intruders, EA-6B Prowlers, S-3A Vikings (anti-
          submarine), and E-2C Hawkeyes (early warning aircraft)
          Class: Forrestal (fossil-fuel powered)


--   The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz  (CVN-68)
          Home port:  Bremerton, Washington
          Crew: more than 5,200, including airwing
          Aircraft: more than 90, including about 
          55 combat aircraft (see flight wing for Independence above)
          Class: Nimitz (nuclear powered)


--   The Aegis cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)
          Home port: Yokosuka, Japan
          Crew: 358
          Weapons: Tomahawk cruise missile capability, 
          harpoon and standard missiles, two 5 inch guns,
          two phalanx, six torpedo tubes. 
          Class: Ticonderoga (state of the art electronic warfare ship)


--   The Aegis cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73)
          Home port: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
          Same specs as the Bunker Hill
          (Newest Aegis in the fleet - first deployment)
          Class: Ticonderoga


--   The destroyer USS Oldendorf (DD-972)
          Home port: San Diego, California
          Crew: 339
          Weapons: Tomahawk, harpoon, and Sea Sparrow 
          missiles; one phalanx; two five inch guns; 
          two triple torpedo tubes; and two 54 caliber guns
          Class: Spruance


--   The destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG-994)
          Home port: San Diego, California
          Crew: 341
          Weapons: Harpoon and standard missiles, two 
          Phalanx,  two five inch guns, two triple torpedo tubes
          Class: Kidd 


--   The destroyer USS Hewitt (DD-966)
          Home port: Yokosuka, Japan
          Crew: 339
          Weapons: Tomahawk, harpoon and Sea Sparrow 
          missiles, two phalanx;  two five inch guns; 
          two triple torpedo tubes
          Class: Spruance


--   The frigate USS Ford (FFG-54)
          Home port: Long Beach, California
          Crew: 209
          Weapons: Harpoon and standard missiles, one Phalanx, six 
          torpedo tubes, one 76mm gun
          Class: Oliver Hazard Perry
          
          
--   The frigate USS McClusky (FFG-41)
          Home port: Yokosuka, Japan
          Crew: 209
          Weapons: Harpoon, standard missiles, one 76mm gun, 
          one phalanx, six torpedo tubes
          Class: Oliver Hazard Perry 


--  The submarine USS Portsmouth (SSN-707)
          Home port of San Diego, California
          Crew: 133
          Weapons: Tomahawk, harpoon missiles, 12 vertical 
          launch missile tubes, four torpedo tubes,  Mk-48 torpedoes
          Class: Los Angeles nuclear attack submarine


--  The oiler USS Willamette (AO-180)
          Home port: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
          Crew: 219
          Weapons: Two Phalanx weapons systems
          Class: Cimarron


--  The ammunition ship USS Shasta (AE-33)
          Home port: Concord, California
          Crew: 407
          Weapons: Two phalanx and four three-inch guns
          Class: Kilauea

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